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BANGOR - The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce will honor a community leader and long-time executive at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) with its prestigious Norbert Dowd award at its first annual awards dinner to be held at Bangor's Cross Insurance Center.

Miles Theeman, longtime CEO at Affiliated Health Care Systems and now EMHS chief Sales and Marketing officer, will be given the Chamber's top honor on Jan. 22. Theeman, a former chair of the Bangor Region Chamber board, has a long record of business and community leadership in Bangor, including as co-chair of the group that organized the successful campaign to win approval of the Cross Center project among Bangor voters.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:13

EMDC hosts disaster prep for small businesses

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BANGOR No business expects a disaster, but good businesses have a plan in place to help their company stay open if one occurs. On Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 8 to 10 a.m., Eastern Maine Development Corporation offers a free workshop to help business owners navigate the key points of disaster planning. The workshop will be held at EMDC's 40 Harlow Street office.

Registration is recommended. Visit www.emdc.org/events or call (207) 942-6389 to register.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 21:11

NPR correspondent, alum Brian Naylor speaking at UMaine

Written by PA

ORONO Brian Naylor, a Washington Desk correspondent for National Public Radio and University of Maine alumnus, will visit UMaine and join two local veteran journalists for a public panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 18.

The panel will discuss issues facing American journalism from 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 3 of the Wells Conference Center on campus. Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the UMaine Communication and Journalism Department, will moderate the program.

BANGOR Husson University and the New England School of Communications (NESCom) recently announced that they will come together as a single educational institution after receiving approval from their accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), to combine forces.  NESCom students entering and returning in the fall of 2014 will now be Husson University students.

In making this announcement, Dr. Robert A. Clark, president and chief executive officer of Husson University, said, 'Husson is excited about adding the full power of NESCom technology and programs to our portfolio of schools and colleges. They are one of the nation's leading educators in multi-media and communications. The synergy between our two organizations will enhance both institutions' program offerings and create a multi-media and communications powerhouse.'

PORTLAND In mid-year statistics and figures just compiled and released by the Maine Credit Union League, the popularity and growth of Maine's credit unions shows no signs of slowing down. For the six-month period covering Jan. 1 through June 30, 2013, Maine's 61 credit unions set several new records and recorded growth in all measurement categories including members, assets, savings and loans.

As of June 30, combined assets at Maine's credit unions topped $6 billion for the first time ever and now stand at $6.09 billion, an increase of $204 million over the six-month period. Loan growth, often viewed as a precursor of economic trends, grew by $115 million for the period, representing a 3 percent, increase and outstanding loans to members are now over $4 billion, a new record. For the first six months of the year, savings continued to increase at a healthy rate, growing by 4.1 percent or $205 million during the period. Perhaps most notably, membership at Maine's credit unions is still surging to new heights with close to 8,000 new members joining a Maine credit union in the first six months of 2013, a net increase of 1.3 percent in membership. As a result, total membership at Maine's credit unions is now at 633,272, a record total. 

BANGOR Prominent Bangor-area executive and alumnus Edward O. Darling and his wife Mary Ellen were honored recently at a ceremony on the campus of Husson University. In recognition of the Darlings' contributions to the success of the educational institution, Husson has renamed the first floor of their Living/Learning Center building in their honor. Going forward, it will be known as the Edward O. and Mary Ellen Darling Learning Center.

'Alumni like Ed and friends of the university like Mary Ellen are some of Husson's greatest assets. Their support has been instrumental in transforming our four campuses into some of Maine's most energetic and dynamic learning environments,' said Dr. Robert A. Clark, CFA, president and chief executive officer.     

BRUNSWICK Bull Moose has announced plans to expand its current location at 151 Maine St. in Brunswick. It will now occupy the entire first floor of what many refer to as 'The Bull Moose Building.' Bull Moose will use the additional space to expand its selection of books.

The store will remain open during renovations, which will be completed by mid-November.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 17:13

Homebuyer Education Class offered in Rockland

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ROCKLAND - MaineStream Finance, a subsidiary of Penquis, is offering Homebuyer Education Class, held on Oct. 19 and 26 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is a two-part class; participants will need to attend both classes. This class will help prospective homeowners determine if renting or owning a home is right for them. It covers additional topics such as: planning for home ownership, types of financing available, home selection and responsibilities and servicing for both the loan and property. The cost is $30. The classes will be held at Penquis at the new office location at 315 Main St., Rockland. 

For more information or to register for the class, contact Angela Hobson at 973-3559 or 1-800-215-4942, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.mainehomeworks.org.  Note the date and location of the class on the check. The classes are funded in part by a grant from the People's United Community Foundation.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 17:11

Business 101 workshop

Written by PA

Webinar and classroom option 

BANGOR, DOVER-FOXCROFT and LINCOLN - MaineStream Finance, a subsidiary of Penquis, is offering a free Business 101 workshop via an online webinar and in a classroom setting in Bangor, Dover- Foxcroft and Lincoln. This workshop is for anyone interested in knowing more about starting a business. Many people have an idea for a business but are unsure of the next steps or what is involved in starting a business. Business 101 will help answer those questions. The workshops will be offered as a webinar on Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and on Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. It will be offered in a classroom setting on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at Penquis, 262 Harlow St., Bangor; Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Penquis, 50 North St., Dover-Foxcroft; and Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at Penquis, 40 Main St., Lincoln. Individuals interested in the online workshop will receive instructions for participating upon registration.

The workshop provides an overview of the pros and cons of operating a small business, including the basics of a business plan, the importance of networking, creating and managing a budget, available resources for business development and understanding credit. MaineStream Finance also offers small business lending and one on one business technical assistance with a microenterprise consultant.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 20:40

Toshiko Mori to design new CMCA in Rockland

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ROCKLAND - Toshiko Mori, an award-winning international architect with long-standing ties to Maine, has been selected to design the new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) facility in the downtown arts district of Rockland, Maine.

Announcement of the appointment was made by Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, chair of the CMCA Board of Trustees. Trustees Charlotte Dixon and Peter Gross will serve as co-chairs of the Building Committee, which will oversee the development of the new location.

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